Philippe Coutinho makes promise to Steven Gerrard ahead of Aston Villa debut

Brazilian ace Philippe Coutinho is preparing for his Aston Villa debut this weekend against Manchester United and wants to deliver for his pal Gerrard, the Aston Villa boss

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  • 17:46, 12 Jan 2022
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Philippe Coutinho has described Steven Gerrard as his "idol" and vowed to repay him after training at Aston Villa for the first time.

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The Brazilian flew into Birmingham on Tuesday and trained with his new teammates on Wednesday after his loan from Barcelona.

Coutinho is set to be joined at Villa by left-back Lucas Digne from Everton on Thursday in a £25million switch.

Creative ace Coutinho is now determined to star back in the Premier League for his former Liverpool captain, who took charge of Villa in November.

Coutinho, 29, said: "He has always been my idol, we had a great time together playing. It is a great pleasure to be coached by him now and I hope to repay that on the pitch.

Philippe Coutinho is pleased to be working with Steven Gerrard again
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"We spoke for many days since the New Year and he told me everything about the club and the ambitions. It was clear for me I want to be with him."

Digne's arrival looks set to give Gerrard the option to switch from his preferred 4-3-3 formation to 3-4-3 or even 3-5-2, with the latter potentially suiting Coutinho better.

The star won the League and Spanish Cup twice each with Barca and the League and Champions League on loan at Bayern Munich in 2019/20.

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But he is pleased to be back in the Premier League, where he made 152 appearances previously with 41 goals and 35 assists at Anfield.

He could make his debut on Saturday at home to Manchester United as Villa target a first league double over United since 1954.

They are also chasing their first Premier League victory on home soil against the Red Devils since 1995.

Coutinho, who has a £33million clause to join Villa permanently this summer, added: “I am really excited.

Philippe Coutinho has left Barcelona for Aston Villa on loan
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"For sure it will be a really good experience. The last four years have been with some ups and downs as life is.

"I keep the positive things. I have won some league titles and cups and also the Champions League was really nice. But I miss too much the Premier League and the atmosphere of the games. I am looking forward to the new journey."

Villa are set to be busy this month as Digne is on his way and possibly a new holding midfielder with Brighton's Mali international Yves Bissouma, 25, who only has only 18 months remaining on his contract, a target.

Lucas Digne is set to leave Everton this January and was at Aston Villa on Wednesday for a medical
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But current left-back Matty Targett intends to stay and fight for his place.

He could yet feature on the left of a new-look three-man central defence with Digne coming in as a wing-back.

Targett,26, who only signed a two-year extension last year until 2025, has no plans to review his future before the end of the season.

Dutch winger Anwar El Ghazi is quitting this month though to join Everton on loan.

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